National Conveyancing Week: Meet Coodes’ Property Team

Tue 12th Mar 2024
National Conveyancing Week: Meet Coodes’ Property Team

National Conveyancing Week is taking place for the second year from 11th March through to 15th March 2024. This week is all about educating, spotlighting, and raising the profile of conveyancers and conveyancing.  

We provide expert conveyancing advice from all of our offices. What better way to start the week than by introducing to you the members of our Residential Property team?

Sarah Cowley, Head of Residential Property

Partner, Sarah Cowley, is extremely proud to hold the position of Head of Residential Property leading an amazing team. Having worked in the Residential Property industry for almost 40 years, Sarah has extensive knowledge and a wealth of experience. She works within all aspects of the law and procedures related to conveyancing. Sarah enjoys keeping up to date with the ever-changing political, economic, social, and technical issues that challenge the provision of effective customer service.

Falmouth Office

Kerry Tresidder, Associate

Having worked in the sector since 2012, Kerry is an experienced Residential Property solicitor. Kerry’s caseload is a mix of residential sales and purchases, both leasehold and freehold, transfers of equity, and re-mortgages. She also deals with unregistered properties and more complex matters such as deeds of variation.

Lianne Priest, Solicitor

Lianne has worked in law since 2006 and now works on Coodes’ Residential Property team. She deals with a wide variety of Residential Property matters, ranging from sales and purchases to complex transactions on behalf of individuals, and companies, including charities.

Holsworthy Office

Kate Bayley, Partner and Deputy Department Manager

Kate has worked within the Conveyancing team at Coodes for 20 years. During her time at Coodes, Kate has built up a large client base, alongside strong relationships with local agents and IFAs. She specialises in the more complex transactions. Kate assists with the management of the Residential Property team which involves a consultative, mentoring, and training role.”

Laura Vanstone, Associate

Laura has a busy and varied desk with a broad spectrum of Residential Property work.  She specialises in new build properties, both sales and purchases. This is a complex area requiring a specific skill set.  Laura has a special interest in new build schemes which help buyers get onto the property ladder.

Emma Pearce, Licensed Conveyancer

Emma has worked in Residential Property since 2011 and started working as a Legal Secretary and then qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2021.

Launceston Office

Karen’s career in law started in 1995 working as a Legal Secretary whilst studying part time for her ILEX qualification. She qualified as a Legal Executive in 1999 and became a Fellow in 2010 working in Bristol. Karen was mainly dealing with Shared Ownership plot sales for various Housing Associations. After moving to Devon and pursuing a different path for a few years, she returned to law in 2021 in Commercial Property but soon realised that her heart was still with Residential Property and so moved to Coodes in 2023.

Kerry Hodgson, Conveyancing Executive

Kerry has worked within conveyancing for over 20 years. Having had an interest in law from a very young age, Kerry quickly went on to qualify as a Paralegal and then a Conveyancing Executive. When carrying out a title investigation, Kerry enjoys using her problem-solving and analytical skills.

Liskeard Office

Teresa Scoular, Associate

Teresa has worked within Residential Conveyancing for over 40 years.  Her career commenced in Berkshire and then continued in Cornwall where she has been living for the last 16 years.  Teresa started off as a Paralegal, dealing with basic transactions. Now as an Associate, she enjoys working on some more complicated matters such as unregistered and transfers of part.

Newquay Office

Kathryn Shaw, Associate

Kathryn has worked in law since 2009 and worked as a Paralegal in her previous firm’s Private Client team.  She became a Conveyancing Executive in Coodes’ Residential Property team in 2014. Kathryn qualified as a CILEx Fellow in 2016 and was promoted to Associate in 2022.  Kathryn deals with more extensive and complex caseloads, representing individuals and businesses across a broad spectrum of work.

Heidi Start, Solicitor

Heidi qualified as a solicitor in 2018. She began her career working within the Private Client department and when joining Coodes she transferred her skills and experience to the Residential Property department.  Heidi works on a variety of cases ranging from transactions that occur later in life to general conveyancing matters.

Penzance Office

Michelle Hawkins, Associate

Michelle began working for Coodes Solicitors in September 2004 to 2014 as a Licensed Conveyancer. She returned on a near constant basis as a locum Conveyancer until 2021 when she took on conveyancing for the Penzance branch of Coodes.  Michelle originally practised in California, qualifying as a notary public. In 2009, she further qualified as a Legal Executive.

Mary has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of conveyancing roles.  In 2018, she obtained two ESTAS Gold awards including Best Conveyancing Office in the South West and Best Conveyancing Office in Cornwall. Mary has recently moved on to a locum role for Coodes. She enjoys mentoring and assisting the team with all levels of enquiries as well as sharing the skills and knowledge she has obtained over the years.

St Austell Office

Isa Wilkins, Conveyancing Executive

Isa started working in Residential Conveyancing in 2016 and over the years has developed her skills. As a Conveyancing Executive she runs her own files.

Hannah Knight, Paralegal

Hannah began working as an apprentice for Coodes in 2018. She quickly worked her way up to a Senior Secretary position and then completed an introductory Paralegal qualification in March 2020, where she achieved full marks. Hannah enjoys learning and progressing and was honoured to be shortlisted in the final three of the 2023 British Conveyancing Awards (in the category of Conveyancing Support Team Member of the year).

Truro Office

Laura Noble, Associate

Laura completed her first law degree in 2005, her postgraduate degree in 2006 and has since been working in the Residential Property team at Coodes. She became a qualified Licensed Conveyancer in 2016 and a member of the Society for Licensed Conveyancers in 2019. The majority of Laura’s caseload is in sales and purchases however she specialises in equity release mortgages and complex houses in multiple occupation transactions. Laura heads up the firm’s Buy to Let Team.

Sophie Jones, Associate

Sophie studied law at the University of the West of England and obtained her law degree in 1995.  She began her career working as a Paralegal in the family law/matrimonial area, before moving into conveyancing in 1998.  In 2002, Sophie qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has continued to specialise in conveyancing for over 20 years.

We are here to help

We’ve chosen to participate in National Conveyancing Week at Coodes because our team are keen to improve understanding of the home moving process. We’d also like to create strong and beneficial working relationships between the whole team.

We understand that for many people their property is their most expensive purchase, their most valuable asset and the centre of their family life. It can also be the focus for stress and uncertainty, especially in the run up to a major transaction.

That’s why we aim to take the heat and the jargon out of Residential Property transactions, providing clear and timely communication and an expert, friendly service across all property-related matters. 

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Alternatively, if you would like to contact us by telephone, please call 0800 328 3282.

Tue 12th Mar 2024

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